The company manufactures stevia ingredients for the global beverage and food industry, and has just produced the first stevia leaf extract from the new proprietary stevia leaf—StarLeaf stevia.
The extract from this non-GMO leaf variety provides beverage and food developers a plant-based, zero-calorie sweetener to produce finished products with more upfront sweetness, no bitter linger and a sugar-like taste.
"The steviol glycosides in StarLeaf stevia are the most sought because they taste so similar to sugar,” said James Foxton, vice president of agricultural operations.
Based on this successful production, the company has expanded this variety to commercial scale and will plant it in thousands of hectares. When these plants are harvested, customers will benefit from increased availability of these sugar-like glycosides. This new variety will support developers in achieving deeper levels of sugar reduction in their final products without sacrificing taste.
The StarLeaf stevia leaf is a product of the company's long term investment of US$100 million in its Stevia Agronomy program. The program supports the company’s goal of creating the world's largest, non-GMO stevia supply from plant to ingredient, to meet the demands of the global food and beverage industry.